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Richland Resident Wins Half-Million Dollars

Thursday, September 22, 2005

ATLANTA – A 54-year-old Richland man is celebrating a half-million dollar Georgia Lottery win. Walter Blackmon Jr. played the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks and won the $500,000 top prize.

S-Mart #0023, located at 101 Nicholson St. in Richland, sold the lucky ticket.

According to Mr. Blackmon, he scratched the ticket in the store. “It caused my heart to do a few things it doesn’t normally do,” he says laughing. “I had to look twice to make sure I was seeing things right.”

Mr. Blackmon is employed by the Georgia Department of Labor, where he works as a service specialist advanced. He says he’ll use his winnings to “take care of a few odds and ends.”

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.6 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program; a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds; and a wide range of technological and capital upgrades for the state’s schools, technical institutes, colleges, universities and public libraries.

 

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